ASVAB Interpretation

Eighteen of the 20 students who took the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) met with Staff Sergeant Trevor Handberry to have their scores interpreted.

The event was met with excitement and dread, as many students understand that there is immense value in a career with one of the armed forces. These scores, while not “make or break,” told them a lot about their future prospects.

First, students learned about their 3 Career Exploration and 8 ASVAB Test scores, which tell them where their current strengths lie and help them figure out how much they will need to do to get the training and skills they need for a job that interests them. The students then received instructions about how to use Occu-Find, a career exploration tool that is organized by the six interest code areas, much like many other popular career assessments: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional (RIASEC). For the next year, the students can use this tool to explore over 1000 occupations.

The ASVAB has been called the “entrance exam” for the military, much like the SAT or ACT are entrance exams for college, so it is the other score that appears on the score report (the Military Entrance Score/Armed Forces Qualifying Test) that causes much concern. Each branch of service and each of their jobs have different qualifying scores, but in general, attaining the highest score possible is desirable.

Students who choose to include some form of military involvement in their plans after high school graduation do not necessarily forgo a college education. Some of WMST’s most successful alumni have used military schools and benefits to earn advanced degrees and to succeed in the workforce.

The next ASVAB is scheduled for April 5, 2018 here at WMST.